From driving imports, I am used to the speedo reading in km/h, so I was zooming along in the century thinking I was doing 100kmh == 60mph, then realised the Jap ambassador had got it properly converted, (maybe they had to as it was new), so the 3? tonne beastie had deceptively accelerated way faster than I had expected it to. So this things not just for looks, that 5l V12 engine in there is a real goer, and not just for show.
The engine is probably a technological tour-de-force. I bet Toyota didn't even have to make it, they already had the super lexus quad cam 4l V8 UZ engine, and the model is only in the JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) anyway, but no, they couldn't resist showing off to show they are No.1, just to put one over on Nissan, and their relatively humdrum 4.5l V8 Q45/President model. And then Nissan got taken over by Renault anyway , ahem!
OK it felt a bit wallowy on a shallow bend, but no more than you would expect at high speed. If a car like this can't have a bit of a floaty ride, then what can!!
Its got an anti-bomb/hijack option on it, i.e. armour plating underneath?? So it will be even more heavy than normal. And I think its the LWB version, or maybe they are all the same. But I seem to remember there is an even more upmarket variant. I could be wrong.
As a Crown nut, I surprisingly wasn't blown away with the pre-facelift V8 models of these I have seen, but having seen Dan's car in the metal, I was most particularly impressed with the amazing interior detail, and general good quality condition of the car.
IMHO, with this V12 facelift shape, which was a relatively new model for 1997, Dan has bought himself an absolute bargain - no less than the best saloon car in the world. I'm glad its gone to a worthy owner, as I was certainly interested when it first came up for sale!